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BCH Attorneys Take Lead Roles in TPC Explosion MDL

Bailey Cowan Heckaman attorneys have assumed lead roles in the MDL litigation over a series of disastrous explosions that occurred at the Texas Petroleum Chemical (TPC) plant in Port Neches in November 2019.

In the first MDL hearing on Monday, Orange County District Court Judge Courtney Arkeen appointed all three BCH Partners to leadership roles:

  • Partner Aaron Heckaman was appointed Co-Lead Counsel
  • Partner Camp Bailey was named to the Settlement Committee
  • Partner Robert Cowan was named to the Law & Briefing Committee

Judge Arkeen’s appointment of our firm’s Partners speaks to their extensive experience in high-stakes personal injury and MDL litigation, as well as their efforts in representing a number of victims affected by the TPC explosions.

As we have discussed on our blog, a series of explosions at TPC’s Port Neches plant last November resulted in the evacuation of more than 60,000 local residents – many of whom have had to deal with extensive damage to their homes and businesses, concerns over toxic exposure associated with the release of butadiene gas and asbestos installed at the facility, and delays in compensating local property owners for damage caused by blast debris. Earlier this year, TPC was cited by OSHA for a number of workplace safety violations, and was sued by the Texas AG over environmental violations which contributed to the explosions.

As Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel and Committee Members, BCH Partners will collaboratively lead and coordinate the efforts of all plaintiffs’ attorneys, and will be responsible for helping make strategic decisions on behalf of all plaintiffs in the case, which had been delayed due to COVID-19 and damage to the courthouse caused by Hurricane Laura.

If you have questions regarding the November 2019 TPC Explosions and whether you may have a potential claim, our team is available to discuss your matter during a FREE consultation. Call or contact us online to speak with a lawyer.

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